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LEAD SOCIAL WORKER (Friday and Weekends from 8-4:30pm)

San Diego, CA

 GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB:  To provide quality case management and psychotherapeutic services to adult psychiatric patients population (age range approximately 18 and up)  and their families, spouse, significant other; to serve as a member of interdisciplinary team supporting the organization's treatment program and philosophy and assure the deliverance of quality treatment to adult psychiatric patients and their families.

 1. Participates in mandatory orientation and training activities.

2.    Conducts psychosocial assessments to document history and identify preliminary issues for treatment focus by interviewing the patient and their family members. 

3. Provides group and family process-oriented therapies as well as conducts educational and other didactic groups for patients and family members using various professional treatment modalities.

4.    Develops and coordinates an individualized discharge plan for the patient by utilizing treatment team and chart information to determine the patient's aftercare needs.  Identifies and assesses family or community resources such as, group homes, or mental health practitioners to meet patients' aftercare needs.

5.    Attends regular treatment team meetings to provide social work perspective to total case management of the patient by reading and discussing written progress notes from charts and communicating any state or local agency legal requirement for case management with the interdisciplinary team.

6.    Reports to community/state agencies any patient issues required and represents facility in any legal proceedings.

7.    Provide backup services for incoming assessment and referral calls.

8. Demonstrates conduct in keeping with Aurora ethical standards.

9. Complies with facility safety, infection control and security program.

10. Participates in activities which enhance professional growth and development.

11. Lead Social Worker Responsibilities.

12. Supports facility internal and external customer service standards.


Masters degree in social work or equivalent masters degree in a recognized mental health field;; experience in inpatient setting preferred; written and oral communications skills, skills in case management, time management, and crisis intervention common to acute psychotic as well as to non-violent crises  intervention practice.  Knowledge of acute adult psychological disorders; advanced principals of abnormal psychology as specifically applied to adults; familiarly with follow-up resource services available to adults;  skills in  conducting  marital and family group therapy. Skills in maintaining information  as highly confidential; must demonstrate the ability to treat other age populations as needed or have the capacity to develop skills through the organization's cross-training, orientation program.  In the absence of these qualifications upon hire, must demonstrate ability to learn these concepts and develop these skills within reasonable time frame.  Ability to clearly summarize pertinent clinical information via written correspondence and medical records documentation.


  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, walk, push, pull, lift, moving about in work area and throughout organization to accomplish tasks, finger (i.e., pick or type) and grasp.  Ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word, conveying information to others in an audible, accurate and, on occasion, quick manner.  Able to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 db. loss at Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction; perceive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound.  Perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands and fingers.
  • Work is primarily sedentary in nature requiring occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Work requires visual acuity to read, prepare, and analyze data, transcriptions, and characters on computer terminal; visual inspection of documents, and similar objects or items at distances generally close to the eyes.
  • Worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; conditions are typical of office settings and administrative work.
  • Must be able to concentrate on work amid distractions such as noise, conversations, and foot traffic; must be able to consistently meet deadlines regardless of case load; must be flexible in work hours in order to meet patient and organization operating needs.
  • Must maintain self-control in volatile or hostile situations such as when verbally or physically confronted.
  • Must be able to set therapeutic limits and maintain therapeutic distance with clients; maintains therapeutic boundaries with patients during treatment and following discharge.
  • Must be able to address and prioritize multiple task demands within established time frames.